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Old 08-14-12, 07:14 AM   #1
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Caliper Brake Suggestions?

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I am looking for suggestions for a particular caliper brake set-up. I prefer right-hand front brake actuation and I am setting up an aero lever and cable arrangement with the cables under the handlebar tape. With the RH brake lever going to the front caliper, most side-pull calipers (ie Campy NR, etc) have the cable on the right-hand side, which makes the cable coming out from under the tape make a hard bend down to the caliper. I would rather have a gentler bend with the cable going to the LH side of the caliper, opposite the RH brake. Does that make sense? I already use modern, slick cables.

I have one set of Shimano 600 brakes with the cable on the opposite-of-normal arrangement that I can use but I was wondering what other side-pull calipers are available in this arrangement? The 600s are not quite up to the equipment level of the rest of the bike (all Campy NR). I am not limiting this to center-pivot or C&V-only, I would consider other alternatives, as long as they don't require frame modifications. Something like Campy Delta, for example, or other center-pull, or alternative cable arrangements - as long as I keep the RH-front brake lever. And, of course, the least dorky arrangement wins.

So, I'm asking for options?

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If it were me, I'd go for Deltas, just to keep it all Campy, better braking & looks...!

Velobase is showing a few Weinmann Calipers w/ opposite side cable stops. So is Dia-Compe. All cheap looking compared to Campy...imo.
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what size frame is it? I find that makes a difference. If it is larger I think you can run a right hand cable fixing front caliper without too much bend. Run the cable on the back of the bars for a bit more height and it will swoop out to the left side a bit and back down to the caliper. It should be fine. I wouldn't not use campy record brakes on an all campy record build just to get a nicer arc of the cable, but that is just me. Make it work.
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what size frame is it? I find that makes a difference. If it is larger I think you can run a right hand cable fixing front caliper without too much bend. Run the cable on the back of the bars for a bit more height and it will swoop out to the left side a bit and back down to the caliper. It should be fine. I wouldn't not use campy record brakes on an all campy record build just to get a nicer arc of the cable, but that is just me. Make it work.
Good question - the frame is a 58 cm with the usual Cinelli 1A 110mm stem. I am sacrificing the original look for this bike for a specific purpose that requires the aero brakes and hidden cables. I want to use a riding position with my elbows resting on the brake hoods and bar tops like we used to do before LeMond. I prefer not to have the cable loops interfere with that riding position so I am setting it up for concealed cables. The class I am riding in does not allow aero/tri bars and I wouldn't put them on this bike in any case.

I have already ridden it with the concealed cables and the tight arc in the cable to the original Campy NR front brake but I am seeking something better without giving up too much of the C&V aura.
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I too am right hand front braker, and I've been curious about a solution for this with older single pivots. For me, the worst part of the tight bend is that the cable wants to push the caliper off center.

Are there dual pivots that fit your needs? Sometimes the cable entry angle is less extreme.

This is my less-than-ideal set up... if the frame was any smaller I'd be looking for a better fix.

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